Suggestible Me

Today we welcome longtime Posse reader Sarah P as a guest poster… Sarah lives in Switzerland but is from the U.S.


windy day

Windy Day, 1950s fashion, pinterest.

I have a mirrored tray crowded with perfumes on my bureau top. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I lie there waiting for one to call to me. When one rises to the fore, floating faster and higher than the cloud of notes that clamber for attention, I’m probably not actually smelling it. My nose is not that good. But if I’m patient and tuned into the scents drifting by, one will take shape in my mind’s nose. Suddenly it’s there, fully formed and… Bam… that’s the one I’ll wear today.

On these cold, but sunny March mornings the perfume that beats out all the others is always Baghari by Roger Piguet. Originally created by Francis Fabron in 1950, the exhilarating breeze of aldehyde plus vanilla gives it a definite new car smell surely reminiscent of that heady era of big, faster-than-ever-before cars with blissfully easy automatic transitions. The perfume was reorchestrated in 2006 and the notes that Piguet lists for it are: rose, jasmine, iris, fresh citrus, powdery amber and vanilla. It is categorized as a soft oriental and The Perfume Guide calls it an orange chypre. Out of all of these descriptions, the “powdery” amber is key. Like it or not, this is a baby powder scent and I find it very similar to the Pinaud Clubman talc featuring the dapper dandy in a top hat leaning on his cane on the green can that is used in barber shops to dust the back of men’s necks after their trim. Perfect for sunny, windy cold days in early spring.

I don’t wear Baghari on any other kind of day in fact. It sits on my tray waiting for this kind of weather and a certain ‘let’s make the best of it’ mood that comes over me in March. I need a perfume that can hold its own against the wind and the chill without knocking anyone over and for that Baghari suits perfectly.

I think we all have scents that call out to us in certain kinds of weather. Sometimes I play against this and pick something completely out of line with what’s going on outside the window (perhaps Fracas, another Piguet) in the heavy humidity of summer. But Baghari for me is one that never budges from its early spring rotation. It brings a bit of bracing joy to neither here nor there time of the year.

Do you have any perfumes that only work for you in certain weather?

  • Patti says:

    What a thought provoking post. Most of my scents are kept in my bedroom, too and occasionally, if it’s gotten quite warm, as I whiz past I’ll get this heady mix of them. Wouldn’t want that permantly in the air but when it happens for that fleeting second it’s quite a treasure.
    Vintage Farouche by Nina Ricci has been drawing me this spring. I love bergamot in anything and a sandalwood dry down still appeals. Farouche has a little glam and suits me just right, right now.

    • sarahpatto says:

      Patti! I’d forgotten about Farouche. I had some back in the 70’s – white plastic bottle with whorls in it?. I had it because my sister wore L’Air du Temps and I thought that anything by Nina Ricci must be great. I must go and re-smell.

  • HeidiC says:

    Love the pic, and the piece! I don’t know Baghari, but I’m not a fan of vanilla or most aldehydes, so it might not be the best fit for me. Spring seems like the only time of year I can really get away with Balmain’s Vent Vert — it’s too powerful for summer, and doesn’t seem to fit the mood of late fall or winter. But that stun-gun of green is perfect for the spring, and not too overwhelming.

    • sarahpatto says:

      Hello Heidic,
      Sorry for the delayed response. Balmain’s Vent Vert sounds perfect for spring and for the kind of weather I’m describing. I know I’ve smelled it before but I can’t remember it. I’ll go and give it a try!

  • Sarah says:

    Hello, thank you Ann, Laura and Gweneth! It’s true that perfume is about more than just smelling good. It has to match your mood or influence your mood in some way and it can take a few minutes to figure out what you’re going for!

  • Gwenyth says:

    What a great piece of writing, Sarah! Perfume reviews which are written to explain what a person feels, what they smell, and how it affects them are my favorite reviews.

    I don’t have perfumes I wear only in particular seasons, but, like you, I generally take a few minutes upon waking in the morning to think about what I wish to wear that day. In my mind, based upon scent memory and overall feeling, I run through a list of possibilities — and everytime a scent “presents” itself as the one I need to wear. Generally I choose my perfume before I choose what I am going to wear because the perfume is the base, the underpinning, the “feel” for the day. This process, for me, is usually successful.

    It will be nice to read more from you.

  • Laura DeBruce says:

    What a wonderful post! Makes me almost wish for cold metallic weather.

  • Ann says:

    Welcome aboard, Sarah! Lovely post — boy, do I wish fragrances called to me when I woke up 🙂 Baghari is lovely, isn’t it? I haven’t worn it in awhile, so now you’ve inspired me to go dig up my sample.

  • Sarah says:

    Thanks, Portia! I appreciate the kind words. And what a lovely photo you added March, that’s me of course !

  • Portia says:

    Hey Sarah,
    Welcome to the Posse, great opening piece, you took me on the journey with you.
    Baghari is really lovely but for some reason doesn’t move me to put hand to wallet. One of my friends wears it, maybe I associate it with her alone. Not sure why.
    How excellent that it works so well for you at this time of year. Love how the frags call you from slumber, perfect awakening.
    Portia xxx